Report by Ben Bardsley (Hertfordshire Orienteering Club)
Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) were delighted to run its first face-to-face, on-the-night Street-O event since 2019.
Pre-lockdown, HH ran weekly Street-O events throughout Summer but when this became impossible in 2020, the Club started using the MapRun app to provide new Street-O events to members (if they could run locally): “DIY Street-O”. These were very successful with thirty one new courses provided all around the county to cater for the desire to navigate whilst running.
The recent easing of lockdown gave us the opportunity to try an on-the-night event with all runners completing the same course on the same evening. The big advantage of on-the-night orienteering (as well as the chance to catch up with friends) was the ability to withhold the map until timing start, as opposed to DIY Street-O where the map is printed at home and pre-planning the optimum route is possible. By protecting the map in MapRun with a PIN, competitors didn’t see the map until they received the physical map from the Organiser meaning they had to plan their route with the clock running, re-introducing the skill of planning on-the-run back into the event.
For this first event, in Harpenden South, we had eighteen competitors – a good first turnout at short notice – and a nice dry evening made for an enjoyable run, along with an opportunity for some welcome post-race route comparison and conversation.
Future events are already arranged for the upcoming weeks and an (almost) normal, very welcome Summer of Tuesday evening Street-O beckons.
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It is with deepest regrets that we announce the passing away of Brian Johnson from Wimborne Orienteers.
Brian was an active member of the club and was in the Lake District, combining his loves of orienteering and walking, when he passed away.
Further information can be found here.
The British Middle Distance Championships event was organised by Lakeland Orienteering Club and took place on Saturday 5 June, at Summerhouse Knott, near Newby Bridge in the southern Lake District.
Saturday was warm and sunny, and competitors headed for the action in the Southern Lakes for the British Middle Championships. Courses were very technically challenging, with rock and contour detail, some coniferous plantation, lovely deciduous woodland, and lots of spring flowers.
Photo credits: Wendy Carlyle (Airienteers)
Sunday saw the return of the Northern Championships event, organised by Manchester and District Orienteering Club, was the next day, at High Dam, on the NW side of the same valley. (The British Long-Distance Championships were held here in 2017.) Courses were long and tough and many competitors were out for a very long time, with the heat making it even more difficult! This is also a very technical area – mature deciduous woodland, marshes, open pasture on higher land, with intricate contours and rock detail throughout.
The full results from the British Middle Championships (5 June) can be found here.
Full results from The Northern Championships (6 June) can be found here.
The weekend was also an important junior selection race programme. Before Saturday's and Sunday's events, there was a Junior (M/W 16-20) sprint race in Keswick town in the evening on Friday 4 June, organised by West Cumberland Orienteering Club. Full results can be found here.
All three events were selection races for the Great Britain team for the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Turkey and the European Junior Orienteering Championships in Lithuania.
For some members this was their first time competing in really challenging Lake’s terrain for over a year. Well done to all.
British Orienteering would like to say a huge thank you to West Cumberland Orienteering Club (WCOC), Lakeland Orienteering Club (LOC) and Manchester and District Orienteering Club (MDOC) for putting on an excellent weekend of orienteering.